Fire­fight­ers called in as Storm Brian hits

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

FIRE­FIGHT­ERS were called to deal with flood­ing in­ci­dents as Storm Brian hit the bor­ough.

The ‘weather bomb’ brought heavy rain on the evening of Satur­day, October 21 and the River Hyn­d­burn at Milnshaw rose be­yond the level of pos­si­ble flood­ing from 25cm to 1.16m.

A house on Church Street in Great Har­wood was flooded at around 5.40pm, with water af­fect­ing the elec­tric­ity at the prop­erty. A Lan­cashire Fire and Res­cue spokesper­son said: “The water was en­ter­ing the prop­erty due to blocked drains on the high­way. Fire­fight­ers at­tempted to clear the drain and also used a pump to re­lieve the water level af­fect­ing the prop­erty. They were at the scene ap­prox­i­mately one hour.”

A crew from Padi­ham spent 90 min­utes at a house on Hazel Street in Ris­ing Bridge at 10pm, which was ‘se­verely af­fected by flood­ing’ in the cel­lar. The spokesper­son said: “Crews as­sisted by pump­ing water our of the cel­lar us­ing a mini pump. The oc­cu­piers were ad­vised to con­tact an elec­tri­cian in case the flood wa­ters had af­fected the electrics. Crews were in at­ten­dance ap­prox­i­mately one and a half hours.”

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